The Athletic’s Crystal Palace correspondent Matt Woosnam has shed a glimmer of light on the club’s plans to replace Roy Hodgson and how they may go about it in a Q&A session on Friday afternoon.
Since then, the former England manager has overseen Crystal Palace’s record points tally in the 38-game Premier League era, which was earned thanks to a 5-3 win over Bournemouth on the final day of the 2018/19 campaign – the Eagles finished 12th with 49 points.
Back at the start of November, The Evening Standard reported that talks were underway between the 72-year-old and the club over a new contract, which would keep Hodgson at Selhurst Park beyond 2020.
Back in February 2019, the Palace boss became the Premier League’s oldest ever manager, surpassing Sir Bobby Robson’s record – with each passing game, Hodgson is cementing that record as his own more and more.
However, he will inevitably need to be replaced one day, so Woosnam has detailed how that process may go.
Woosnam wrote: “As far as I am aware there is not anyone they are dead set on getting in to replace Hodgson, but they will certainly be working behind the scenes to consider what type of manager they want when he does eventually go, and then perhaps drawing up a list of potential options.”
While it is understandable that a specific candidate to replace the experienced boss hasn’t been identified yet – given The Evening Standard‘s report that he may stay beyond 2020 – Woosnam’s comments about the process are still interesting.
The Athletic journalist mentions that the club will “certainly” be working behind the scenes in regards to what type of manager they want, while a list will then “perhaps” be drawn up.
Things have gone fairly quiet recently on what the Eagles plan to do in the post-Hodgson era, so this tiny nugget of information shedding a glimmer of light on the topic is very much a welcome one.
In other news, Woosnam has said that Palace’s chances of re-signing this 26-year-old are “one to keep an eye on”…